BUDA, Texas, June 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Texas State University professors conducted a survey of 255 Texas residents, ages 18-25, who self-identified as Hispanic, in early March and found this Doubt about the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine was the main reason for the hesitation, which they said was also greater among women than among men.
The survey results showed that there was a correlation between higher levels of education and reluctance to get vaccinated. Respondents said they also get their information from sources in English and Spanish, but trust information in English more. About 43% of respondents said they felt confident taking the photo themselves. Only 32% said they felt comfortable giving the vaccine to children.
This is becoming increasingly important as COVID-19 numbers rise again nationwide and health experts worry about a new wave of infections.
The Texas Department of Health reports 1.75 million confirmed COVID cases in the state since the start of 2022. There have also been 11,499 deaths since January. And while Hispanics are getting vaccinated at a higher rate than non-Hispanics, there is room for improvement. Especially when Latinos work in essential fields, are exposed to a higher rate and have less access to quality health care.
According the latest figures from early April, 65% of Latinos in Texas have been vaccinated. That means 35% still haven’t taken the photo, according to the Keizer Family Foundation.
The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) will continue its campaign to fight misinformation and provide Texans with the confidence they need to take the shot. Using TXST research results will help us determine courier and delivery to combat the COVID-19 virus.
“We are not out of the woods yet,” said TAMACC Foundation President JR Gonzáles. “We really need to get our community as close to 100% vaccinated as possible. We don’t want to go back to the death and social and economic destruction that the first two years of COVID brought. »
TAMACC will post more results soon on its website. “We will be posting information throughout the summer,” Gonzáles said, adding that there would be additional research and messaging testing.
The award-winning research – one of six peer-reviewed projects chosen by Health Scholar Showcase, part of TXST’s Center for Translational Health Research – also found that the influence of a family has more impact than the opinion of religious leaders or the politics surrounding COVID. That’s why the campaign should target women and college-educated Texans in English and Spanish.
“Previous studies from Nielsen Consumer Research show that Latinas make the majority of health-related decisions in the household. This survey found that they are more hesitant than men to get vaccinated for themselves or their children,” said Texas State Professor Jennifer Scharlach, who led the study with Dr Prisca Ngondo and Dr. Vanessa Higgins Joyce.
TAMACC’s efforts to get more Hispanics vaccinated, in coordination with Your Shot Texas, will continue throughout the summer and will include educational webinars in English and Spanish, presentations for chamber members and partners, public service announcements for AM and FM radio, social media posts, podcasts and an online toolkit with resources.
TAMACC, a statewide nonprofit umbrella organization for Hispanic chambers and professional organizations, will share tools with its members and industry leaders. Webinars will also be scheduled to share information and coordinate efforts in rural Texas towns.